You can hear me talking about my time in Syria, and the Assad regime, in Prairie Schooner’s weekly podcast. I follow up the award-winning author Stephanie Elizondo Griest.
AIR SCHOONER #9: TRAVEL WRITING
Prairie Schooner is a remarkable literary journal, so it’s an honour to appear in their audio dimension. Thank you to Marianne Kunkel for suggesting the idea, in the middle of a busy AWP bookfair.
I spent eight months in Syria during 2006 and 2007. I came to see the country and to write short stories about Taiwan. I don’t speak Arabic, and nor am I an expert or scholar. In the places where my podcast discusses me and my own experiences in the country, this is due to my own ignorance and limits.
The situation in Syria is horrifying, on-going, and is a great and terrible failure of Western diplomacy and courage.